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Prosecutor to drop all Seattle marijuana tickets

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:47
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's elected prosecutor said Monday he's dropping all tickets issued for the public use of marijuana through the first seven months of this year, because most of them were issued by a single police officer who disagrees with the legal pot law.

Study links changing winds to warming in Pacific

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:40

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2008, file photo, sea birds rest on a rock off Cape Meares, Ore. A new study released Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, finds that warming temperatures in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of North America over the past century closely follow natural changes in the wind, not the increases in greenhouse gases related to global warming. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard, File)A new study released Monday found that warming temperatures in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of North America over the past century closely followed natural changes in the wind, not increases in greenhouse gases related to global warming.


Dolls, games, pots, pans up for toy hall of fame

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:39

My Little Pony toys are on display at a Toys R Us store on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Colonie, N.Y. My Little Pony is among the 12 finalists for induction this year into the National Toy Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Pots and pans and paper airplanes are among the 12 finalists for induction this year into the National Toy Hall of Fame.


Lawyer: Mom in hot car death case passed polygraph

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:39
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia woman whose husband is charged with murder in the death of their toddler son in a hot vehicle passed a polygraph test in which she was asked about whether she knew her husband would leave the child in the vehicle, her lawyer said Monday.

Ice in Arctic seas shrinks to 6th-lowest recorded

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:34
NEW YORK (AP) — Ice in Arctic seas shrank this summer to the sixth lowest level in 36 years of monitoring.

Hate crime alleged in assault on disabled man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:32
NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Attorney General has brought new charges against three teens in an assault on a man with a mental disability. A video of the incident had been posted online.

Boy who fell to his death was trying to avoid bee

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:32
MONMOUTH, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say an 8-year-old boy has died after he apparently got scared by a bee and fell through a hole in the floor of an old building under renovation in Oregon.

Huge California mudslide may have been triggered by drought

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:04
(Reuters) - California's three-year drought might have triggered Mount Shasta's worst mudslide in two decades which damaged hiking trails and forced two roads to close over the weekend, a national park spokeswoman said on Monday. Mud and debris began flowing down Mud Creek Canyon on the southeast side of Mt. Shasta, a 14,000-foot volcano about 50 miles south of the Oregon border, on Saturday afternoon and continued through the night, Shasta-Trinity National Park spokeswoman Andrea Capps said. ...

Man gets 20 to 40 years in November murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:03

Man gets 20 to 40 years in November murderA man has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years after pleading guilty to killing a former friend and hiding his body in a sleeping bag last fall.


Media wants cameras for theater shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 02:55
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors and defense lawyers in the Colorado theater shootings case urged the judge on Monday to bar cameras from the courtroom during the trial, saying witnesses could be harassed and threatened because of the coverage.

Trump Entertainment wants to sell Plaza equipment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 02:52

Trump Entertainment wants to sell Plaza equipmentThe parent company of Trump Plaza wants permission from a bankruptcy court to sell off its assets, including gambling equipment and furniture.


Police: Canadian woman arrested at JFK with guns

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 02:48
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 24-year-old Canadian woman has been arrested at Kennedy Airport with handguns, ammunition and 33 pounds of marijuana in her checked baggage.

Police identify 2 killed in Wyoming hospital crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 02:37
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people who died after a car crashed into a pillar at a Casper, Wyoming, hospital.

Districts in Florida, Georgia split school prize

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 02:36

Dorina Sackman, front right, Florida Teacher of the Year for 2014, joins other teachers and employees of Orange County Public Schools cheering at a watch party during the announcement of the Broad Prize awarded to the school system in the nation with the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. Orange County Public Schools in Orlando and Gwinnett County Public Schools in metro Atlanta will share the prize. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In a first for the prestigious award, districts in Florida and Georgia will split the $1 million Broad Prize — the largest education award given to U.S. public schools.


Arizona judge bars same-day coverage of Arias penalty phase retrial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 02:35
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge has rejected another bid by media organizations wanting to air same-day footage of convicted murder Jodi Arias' penalty phase retrial that will decide if she is to be executed for killing her ex-boyfriend, documents showed on Monday. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens ruled broadcasters will only be able to screen the proceedings after a final outcome is reached in the closely watched case. ...

Former U.S. attorney endorses Oregon pot legalization

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 02:29
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A former U.S. attorney for Oregon has endorsed an upcoming referendum to legalize recreational marijuana in the state and tax and regulate its sales, saying on Monday that laws banning the drug have failed to curb its use. Kris Olson, who served as Oregon’s chief federal prosecutor during the Clinton administration, is the latest public figure to endorse the ballot measure, which if approved by voters in November would allow recreational use of marijuana for those older than 21. U.S. ...

Marathon suspect's friend renews bid to move trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 02:22

FILE - In this May 15, 2014 file photo, Robel Phillipos, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, arrives at federal court before a hearing in Boston. Lawyers for Phillipos, a U.S. citizen who is charged with lying to investigators after last year's fatal bombing, filed a change of venue motion Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The motion seeks to have his federal trial, scheduled to start the following week, moved from Boston to Springfield; Providence, R.I., or Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday renewed his request to move his trial, arguing that he cannot receive a fair trial in Boston.


SPIN METER: Those changing health law numbers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 02:16

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2014 file photo, Medicaid Administrator Marilyn Tavenner testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Scrambled statistics are becoming part of the growing pains for President Barack Obama’s health care law. The administration has had to revise and refine some initial enrollment numbers after they turned out to be too optimistic. At other times, less-favorable metrics leaked out after officials claimed not to have such data. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it health care law numerology.


Judge lowers damages against Hyundai in crash case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 02:11
POLSON, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has reduced a punitive damages award from $240 million to $73 million in a lawsuit against Hyundai (HUHN'-day) over a crash that killed two Missoula cousins in July 2011.

Judge refuses to cut New York fund manager's 40-year Ponzi sentence

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 02:10
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge rejected Westgate Capital Management LLC founder James Nicholson's request to shorten his 40-year prison term for running a $140 million Ponzi scheme at his hedge fund firm, likening it to the much larger fraud run by Bernard Madoff. U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan in Manhattan on Monday turned aside Nicholson's claims of ineffective assistance of counsel by his former lawyer, saying he would have imposed the same sentence even if other legal arguments had been made. ...